How to remove glitter nail polish the COPD way

How to remove glitter nail polish the COPD way


Aug 3, 2017 Hair & Nails , , 25 Comments

Now I would just like to say before I even start this post that I am in no way an expert at removing glitter nail polish nor do I consider myself a nail blogger. I’m just sharing with you how I do it as I always get comments on my glittery NOTD posts about how glitter polish is so hard to remove. I am in total agreement that removing glitter nail polish can be a chore but I think I’ve come up with an effective way to do it. This should work for the usual Barry M glitters and the chunkier ones from Deborah Lippmann and OPI.

You’ll need nail polish remover (obviously), larger cotton wool pads with a tight weave if possible and some manicure scrub. If you don’t have a manicure scrub then Soap & Glory Flake Away is ideal as it’s more like a paste and contains almond oil which is important. Saturate your cotton wool with remover and wrap it all the way around your finger. While holding that finger steady twist with the other fingers back and forth over the nail very quickly. Once you think you’ve gotten a fair bit off, open the pad and flip it over and start again. This method should remove most whatever is in the middle of the nail.

Most of the polish should have gone off by now but it’s probably migrated to the back of your hands and everywhere else. Now here comes the science bit – scoop out some scrub and rub it all over your nails and massage right in the corners of your nails and all over your hands. Like I said above S&G Flake Away is ideal as it’s a gentle yet effective paste and the oils help shift the more stubborn glitter that may be hanging on for dear life. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards and you should notice that the glitter is gone. After I’ve worn glitter nail polish for a week I usually give my nails a break and treat my cuticles with oils or hand salves as they can look pretty battered.

I hope this has been helpful to you!


  • Ashley
    Aug 3, 2017 at 12:35 am Reply

    I’ve tried the regular foil method but I’ll incorporating a scrub next time. I hardly ever wear glitter polishes. I am waaaay too lazy to remove it.

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply

      Good to hear Ashley – fingers crossed it works for you! xoxo

  • Kelly
    Aug 3, 2017 at 12:52 am Reply

    what a great idea! I bet this would work with OPI suede polishes too! Those are always a pain to get off.

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply

      Hiya Kelly – I’ve never tried OPI Suedes but if they are stubborn then they should shift with a good oily scrub. :D

  • Sadie
    Aug 3, 2017 at 12:59 am Reply

    Very helpful :) , great post.

    Sadie x

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply

      Thanks Sadie glad you found it useful. x

  • Maria
    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:21 am Reply

    Oh, adding a scrub was brilliant! I’ve also tried the foil method, or simply pressing the cotton pad w/remover on the nail for halv a minute or so, then “pulling” it off towards the tip of the nail. It never occured to me to add a scrub, though, thank you so much for the tip! That ought to get rid of the glitter than usually ends up all over my hands :)

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:47 pm Reply

      Hello Maria – firstly let me say I’m glad that you are okay. I was worried about you! I’ve never tried the foil method but I always have a scrub on hand! Thanks for stopping by hun – luv that you are reading my blog! x

  • gio
    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:08 am Reply

    I never thought of using a scrub, what a great idea! I’ll definitely try it next time I wear a glitter polish.

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

      Hey Gio – I really hope this works for you, let me know how you get on! :D

  • Daniella Abraham
    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Great tips! I find removing glitter polish such a chore, it actually makes me avoid wearing it as it’s so difficult to remove :(

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply

      It’s funny how many beauty peeps avoid wearing glitter nail polish. The hardest one to get off was the one pictured above but even then it came off with the scrub. Smaller glitter is easy peasy! x

  • Pinkty
    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm Reply

    This is a good way to remove glitter polishes.
    I have seen (and tested) other ways… you wrap each nail with cotton wool with nail polish remover and you put foil around it, keep it for like 5 minutes and then it will all disappear ! I have tried it and it worked :-)

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm Reply

      Hello my beautiful PInkty – Ah right that is the ‘foil method’ that everyone is talking about. Obviously I’ve never tried it – let’s hope mine is better he he :D

  • Vintage Makeup
    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm Reply

    This is so helpful! :)

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply

      Thanks VM – if you try it let me know how you get on okay? x

  • Adriana
    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Love this post! I’ll try it soon : )

    1. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply

      Hello Mrs! He he how are you enjoying married life? We need to catch up soon it’s been ages Mwah! ;D

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  • MeganNoel
    Aug 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

    That’s such a good idea adding a scrub to remove glitter nail polish. I will definitely try that next time I use glitter nail polish or a crackle nail polish.

    1. Aug 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm Reply

      Exfoliation can solve the worlds problems he he! Let me know how you get on hun – thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  • Hailey
    Aug 30, 2017 at 9:39 pm Reply

    This is a great idea. I’ll definitely have to try it. BTW…what nail polish are you wearing? It’s lovely!

    1. Aug 30, 2017 at 10:10 pm Reply

      Hello Hailey – I’m wearing Barry M Bright Purple and Barry M Lavender Hexograms both available on the Barry M website. :D

  • louise
    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

    This was a life saver than you! i’ve had horrible half glittery nails for days


    1. Jan 6, 2012 at 8:29 am Reply

      That’s okay Louise always glad to help! :D

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